AMBI Faculty & Staff

The faculty and staff at the American Massage & Bodywork Institute share the same vision: to enhance the student experience, and to provide the most talented and work-ready therapists in the country. 

We strive to provide an elite education to individuals with a great interest in helping others feel better through the power of meaningful touch.

Scott Deidun
Co-Owner, CEO & President
Scott Deidun, MBA, is a graduate of Walsh College in Troy, Michigan. Scott also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Scott has served in various leadership roles in education, with the majority of that time being spent in massage therapy. In 2013, Scott was presented with an “Excellence in Education” award by Massage Envy for his work with that organization.
Katherine “Katie” Dudero, DC
Director of Education
Katherine Dudero is a National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) and State (Virginia Board of Medicine) licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with nine years of experience in private practice and three years of experience as an anatomy and physiology instructor. She began her career as a chiropractor in Hawaii following graduation from Life Chiropractic College West, where she received the Clinical Excellence Award.
Stasia Kemp, LMT
Financial Aid Director, Instructor
Stasia Kemp, is a State Licensed Massage Therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Since graduating from AKS Massage School, formerly located in Herndon, VA, with honors in 2005, she has worked closely with chiropractors, acupuncturists, and medical doctors to develop wellness plans for clients and treat chronic pain. Specializing in Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release Massage has allowed her to work with clients from all walks of life; from children to the elderly, and from athletes to those forced into a sedentary lifestyle due to chronic disorders.
Talia D'Adamo
Admissions Representative
Talia is a proud graduate of Frostburg State University. She comes to AMBI with over 10 years of project management experience. With two babies at home, Talia is thrilled to have the opportunity to assist others in starting a career that will enable them to strike a strong work-life balance.
Phyllis Myers
Campus Coordinator
Phyllis comes to us with 15+ years of extensive customer service experience. Fueled by a passion for hospitality and assisting others, she earned her Associates Degree in Hospitality Management in 2015. Her bright and inviting smile is a glimpse into the family-like culture that our students, instructors, and clients have come to expect with AMBI. Though not a native to Northern Virginia, Phyllis spent the majority of her childhood in NoVA and returned to the area in 2011. Since then, she has enjoyed frequent worldly travels and brings those experiences back to share with us all.
Kelley Howard, LMT
Instructor
Kelley Howard is a licensed massage therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. With 18 years of experience in the field, she was first certified in Maryland where she developed a private practice working alongside other therapists and acupuncturists. Here in Virginia, she took additional courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and medical terminology. She is currently working in a chiropractic clinic and growing a mobile private practice. Her certifications are in myofacial and deep tissue massage, as well as infant massage instruction. Presently she is practicing and working toward certification in Tui Na.
Shawnna Shellington, LMT
Instructor
Shawnna is a Washington, D.C. native. She has been a state licensed massage therapist in Washington, D.C. and Virginia for the past 9 years. After graduating from the National Massage Therapy Institute in 2010, Shawnna continued gaining further knowledge in the field by obtaining numerous certifications and volunteering her services for local organizations. She specializes in chair massage and deep tissue massage, with an emphasis on combining deep tissue techniques with a relaxing approach and delivery.
Sylvia Harris, LMT
Instructor
Sylvia has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2014. Throughout these past 5 years, she has focused on Prenatal Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, and developed a deep passion for Myofascial Release. Her driving force has been helping others with pain relief and being able to positively impact a person’s life so they may live more fully. Asked why she is passionate about massage, “it’s a simple tool, the human hand, that can make a really big change in someone’s life in a really positive manner”. Her goal as an instructor is to impart the knowledge she has gained to date.
Stephanie Wiggins, LMT
Instructor
John Smith, LMT
Instructor
Mary Histing, LMT
Instructor
Mary Histing is a National Board Certified (NCBTMB) and Licensed Massage Therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia, practicing since 2010. Mary has extensive training and experience as a patient educator in chiropractic care. Her specialty and passion is Craniosacral Therapy, and she enjoys undertaking advanced studies through the Upledger Institute whenever possible. She currently owns and manages a Craniosacral and Massage Therapy practice, serving clients of different ages and backgrounds, including infants, children with special needs, individuals with post-concussion syndrome or TBI as well as a wide variety of health challenges.
Kathaleen Banks, LMT
Instructor
Gena Ferguson, LMT
Instructor
Gena Ferguson is a Virginia native. She was introduced to the benefits of massage therapy as a young adult. For a year she struggled with low back and hip pain, until she began a treatment plan of regular chiropractic care and massage therapy. Within two months all of Gena's symptoms were alleviated. The results were impressive and the healing power of massage therapy (and chiropractic care!) was undeniable. It was at this point that Gena knew she wanted to be a massage therapist. Gena graduated from The Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage in March of 2012 and has been a licensed massage therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia ever since. She specializes in assessment of musculoskeletal dysfunctions and the application of deep tissue techniques. She maintains an active practice in Loudoun County.
Jessica James, LMT
Instructor
Jessica is a Virginia native. She has been a practicing licensed massage therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia ever since obtaining her massage certification from NMTI in 2012. Jessica specializes in lymphatic drainage massage for those under chiropractic care. She also has experience in spa therapy. She is excited to bring her knowledge and the experiences she has gained into the classroom to share with her students.
Morgana Alexander, LMT
Instructor
Morgana Alexander is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia. In addition to 9 years of experience, she is Board certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and a member of the American Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP). Specializing in deep tissue, sports massage, and injury rehabilitation, Morgana has worked with thousands of clients in spa and clinical settings as well as sporting and corporate events.

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